Never understood why people believe the common ”before and after” pics they see on fitness blogs, commercial ads and supplement ads. Lose 40 pounds in 3 months!! Yeah right buddy. It’s so freakin’ OBVIOUS the transformation pictures are either :
- Not even the same person
Common tricks used to make weight-loss, get ripped fast claims :
-Poor lighting in the ”before” picture versus good lighting in the ”after” pic
Yep, see that picture in the top right. Very little lightning to make sure there is no emphasis put on any ”potential” muscle the person could already have. In the picture following his transformation you can clearly see the guy has put some favorable lightning to show his newly acquired muscles.
-Pale skin, no tan vs tanned skin in the ”after” picture
Of course, it’s always better to take the fat picture during winter when you don’t even remember what the sun looks like. Then come back later a nice tan you got at the salon to show those ripped abs you’ve got!
- Training hard before the gym
Who wouldn’t have thought of that one. Right before taking that fake pic, make sure you hit the gym hard and get that nice little pump in your upper body musles. You will look more musclar and jacked. Bonus points if the veins are popping, more vascular is better! Here’s a video of Arnold talking about the pump
- Photoshopping the ”after” picture
It’s actually pretty easy to edit the after picture using photoshop. Make the waist a little thinner, a few inches no more and here you go the famous ”V shape” is right there in front of your eyes. And it was much easier than doing those ab crunches in the gym. Any amateur can do this and make it almost unnoticeable to the untrained eye.
- Eating like a pig and bloating your belly right in the before picture
Some of use have been gifted with the ability to intentionally protrude our bellies and look 8 months pregnant, which comes handy for taking that picture.
Conclusion : it’s pretty easy to fake a transformation before-and-after picture so be aware of products and supplements that claim to make you lose 40 pounds in 3 months. The process will be either unhealthy or not work at all. Don’t believe me ? Check out this article about Furious Pete who shot the pictures in a 5 hour time span and looked like he lost 20 pounds of fat.
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